Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I feel pretty in my clothes now. I still have a way to go before I'm at my goal, but I already feel so much better.
It isn't just about how I look though, it is how I feel. I failed on the sleep front for two days in a row (for reasons that were honestly out of my control). This morning, I was so tired that I told my husband that I'd be coming home from work and getting in to bed at after I picked up the girls at 3pm.
Well, it was a beautiful day. The girls and I just couldn't stay in. We walked the dogs, brought the cello outside, and my older daughter played. The little one and I took turns on the flying turtle, and there was swinging and running and laughing.
No nap needed - I just had an afternoon of active fun with my girls. Three hours of active fun when I thought I'd need to sleep.
I'm so grateful that my body can do these things. Especially because I know that even just a short while ago, it couldn't (or at least I felt like it couldn't).
The whole thing felt sort of like a dream of how family life is supposed to be. I loved every minute of it. It pays be be sparky!
Wishing all of you beautiful days with the ones you love.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
EARLY this morning, my husband woke me up. No, it wasn't for valentine's related issues, it was for being totally sick issues. 2am. I won't attempt to replicate the sounds or sights here, but... well, let's just leave that alone, shall we?
So, HE got back to bed, but at 5am, I was still up. Not good. I got the healthy 1 hour sleep (I think that is what SP suggests, right?) and then had to get up to do the parent thing.
I could not work out.
I could barely get my own pants on. (Again, not valentine's related...)
I just finished my long day at work (14 hours of teaching on 1 hour of sleep? You betcha!) and I'm almost allowed to go home. I got through this day courtesy of caffeine, but I didn't like it. I especially didn't like missing a strength day, because I've grown so fond of my muscles.
So, even though I'm exhausted, I sort of think I will feel better in the morning if I work out when I get home. I'm going to do it. Abbreviated maybe, but I will pick up weights and move them around.
I might be addicted.
I guess it is better than being addicted to valentine's day candies, which I didn't eat ANY of today. BOO-YAH!
Over and out. Hope your valentine's day was more romantic than mine. I prefer my men a little less pukey.
Monday, February 13, 2012
First off, I hurt my hand a bit today, so I'm all wrapped up and typing is STUPID slow. Please accept my apologies if I'm not as wordy here or my other SP correspondence today. Maybe you'll all be happy - I do tend to ramble...
Today, I got on the scale, and it was up from my weigh in. I got off, felt my awesome new muscles, and smiled. Then, I pulled on my workout clothes, had a great workout. After, as I got ready for work, I got to wear a shirt I haven't fit in for over a year, and I felt smashing. Then I went on to a very productive day at school.
The scale should have upset me, but it didn't. I'm not over it, but I am able to see around it. And that my friends, is the happiest of scale news, and gets me a:
Sunday, February 12, 2012
I'm in the healthy zone as far as BMI is concerned. This was a big milestone for me, and I'm really thrilled about it. I'm hardly "skinny," and I'm not at my goal weight yet, but I've still made a big step here.
How does it feel? It feels AWESOME.
I know it is just a number, and that really, that "healthy" isn't on one side of that number and "unhealthy" on the other side, but I had promised never to be overweight again after I lost weight the first time. I let it go, and really needed to get back to the other side again.
Now I'm there, and the truth is, I'm excited for much more than the number. Last time I lost weight, I did it without much exercise. So even though I weigh more now than I did then, I feel so much better. When I started this fitness thing, my knees hurt with every squat. I got tired so fast! I couldn't do a whole bunch of moves, and jumping was out of the question. It turns out, all that was related to a lack of muscle. Now, I feel my muscles WORK when I do moves. They support me the way they should, and I'm injuring myself less. Workouts feel wonderful. I'm tired and sweaty afterward, and they are hard, but I can feel my body working the way it is meant to.
This morning, laying in bed, I stretched, and I was fascinated by the way my muscles felt. Tight, a bit sore, and very, very healthy. I feel like a totally different creature.
THIS is motivation. THIS feeling. The scale is reinforcing it, the BMI chart makes me smile, but I know what I'm doing is changing me. I likey.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
I just bought tickets. I'm hyperventillating. I'm so excited!
After years of thinking the girls were too young to do it, we're taking them overseas. I have a lot of friends who've been doing it for years, with kids younger than ours, but we just weren't ready as a family. Now, I think/hope we are. My husband has never been overseas either, and we are going to two countries I've never even visited, so it is a pretty big deal for all of us.
We are flying from Texas into Glasgow, and spending a week there. We'll travel around a bit in Scotland, but Glasgow will be home base. Then, we'll take the train to London (my little one want us to get off at King's Cross so she can be like Harry Potter) and stay there for a week. I'm particularly excited because I have some good friends in London I've not seen in years. After exploring England, we'll leave London by train and ferry, and get to Dublin, where we'll spend our final week.
We don't know what we are doing at all. Everything sounds fun and exciting. If you've got suggestions, please send me sparkmail or comment. We are all vegetarians, so if you know of places that are veg-friendly, that would be extra super.
I've got a few months before we leave, and I've got to plan everything and lose these last 11 pounds so I can keep up with my family as we walk around in exotic locales.
Lots to look forward to. I'm feeling pretty sparky!
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